CONTEST BREWING OVER EXXON FINES

Issues flared again this month concerning Prince William Sound in Alaska. Some of them should alarm the oil and gas industry. First, fishermen picketed Valdez terminal for 3 days, blaming two poor salmon harvests on the Exxon Valdez spill of March 1989. Then the General Accounting Office (GAO) found much to fault in the handling of money from Exxon Corp. in settlement of civil and criminal claims arising from the spill. The developments are related in more ways than geography.

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